Runners in Kentuckiana pay tribute to Boston


by WHAS11

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 12:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Paying tribute to the victims of the Boston bombings. One by one people here in Kentuckiana remembered the horrific moments from the last week.

It's a week that will not be forgotten. That's why more than one hundred runners united Monday night, April 22, to show their support for the survivors and the for people who lost their lives.

Runners and walkers from all over the area here including Fleet Feet, Blue Mile, Pacers and Racers; five running stores in total came together for a moving tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

One week after a horrifying terrorist attack Kentuckiana runners are still amazed that an event so close to their hearts was tainted.

Out of compassion for the victims and love of the sport on Monday they showed their support in the best way they know how.

From five different running clubs in different corners of the region they came...

Converging on Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park and remembering the horror of that day.

Culminating in a moment of silence to reach out to their Boston brethren.

Natalie French is five days into 180 consecutive days of running to raise dollars for the victims.

 “For every mile that I run whether it’s a three mile day or a five mile or a 10 mile, I’m donating that amount of money,” French said.

Whether it's the memorial ribbons or the happy hour benefit at Flannigan’s following Monday’s run, many of the athletes are finding ways to raise money for those in Boston; confident that the running community and marathon itself will come back better than ever.

 “I think it will only make it stronger, there' no doubt in my mind about that,” Harry Cook, a runner said.

They are going to raise money for those injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.